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The final findings from the Blueprint drug education programme funded by the Home Office.

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  • Implementation study – 23 schools using Blueprint materials 6 schools with normal PSHE lessons
  • Statistical modelling indicated that higher perceptions of prevalence of drug use were associated with truancy, exclusion, being older and being a girl. These factors were also associated with higher perceived prevalence of smoking and drinking.
  • Blueprint

    1. 1. Blueprint<br />What did we learn?<br />
    2. 2. Limitations<br /> “It was originally intended that the local school sample would act as a comparison group so that the efficacy of the Blueprint programme could be tested. However, analysis during the development of the evaluation concluded that to be able to detect differences between the two samples would require a sample of at least 50 schools. This was considered beyond the scope of the evaluation, both in terms of the resources it would require and what was appropriate for the evaluation of an untested approach.”<br />
    3. 3. Key Findings<br />Pupil and Parent Responses<br />Prevalence, attitudes towards drug use and drug use norms<br />Local school data<br />
    4. 4. Pupil and Parent Responses<br />Pupils saw the lessons as imparting important information<br />Interactive teaching methods were valued by pupils<br />Pupils retained good drug knowledge<br />Parents approve of drug education in schools<br />Parents who used the materials at home found them helpful<br />
    5. 5. Prevalence, attitudes towards drug use and drug use norms<br />Smoking, drinking and drug use rose in pupils between Year 7 and 10<br />Many pupils overestimated the number of their peers who smoked and drank alcohol. Fewer pupils overestimated drug use among their peers.<br />Smoking, drinking and drug use became socially more acceptable as pupils grew older. This was particularly true of drinking.<br />
    6. 6. Local School Data<br />PSHE was also popular with pupils not in the Blueprint schools<br />The information imparted was seen as important by the majority, and the format of lessons seen as engaging<br />Pupils were able to demonstrate knowledge of drugs<br />Parents approved of PSHE lessons<br />Prevalence of use rose from Year 7 to Year 10<br />
    7. 7. Learning Points<br />Getting parents to participate in the programme through workshops proved difficult <br />Future programmes could focus on improving this link and less on media, community and health policy<br />Evaluation design needs to be more robustly designed to enable impact measurement<br />Research should be over a longer period to reflect the ages at which young people are most likely to be making decisions about using or not using substances<br />The programme should have been focused at a younger age group<br />Programmes should try to intervene before 11 years<br />
    8. 8. Reaction<br /> “I have just completed reading the long awaited “Impact” report of the Home Office’s Blueprint Drug Education project. As then Drug Education Forum Chair and one of the Drug Education Forum representatives on the project’s Advisory Group, I am disappointed, frustrated…”<br /> Eric Carlin<br />
    9. 9. “If there is an upside to this story, it is that Blueprint evaluation has had to be honest and up-front about its limitations. Almost two years late and smuggled out though it may have been, the report suggests that statistical integrity is beginning to count for a bit more inside the Home Office.”<br /> Mark Easton, BBC<br />
    10. 10. We do now know a lot about things like &quot;can you practically give the Blueprint programme in schools&quot; (yes, you can) and &quot;do parents like their children being taught about the risks of drugs&quot; (yes, they do)...<br /> This sounds great, but improvements on this kind of &quot;surrogate outcome&quot; are often unrelated to real world benefits...<br /> Ben Goldacre, Guardian<br />